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Kalpa Imperial: The Greatest Empire That Never Was Paperback – Aug 1 2003

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 246 pages
  • Publisher: Small Beer Press (Aug. 1 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1931520054
  • ISBN-13: 978-1931520058
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 1.5 x 21.6 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 222 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars 6 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #694,414 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author

Angélica Gorodischer was born in 1929 in Buenos Aires and has lived most of her life in Rosario, Argentina. She is the author of nineteen books. From her first book of stories, she has displayed a mastery of science-fiction themes, handled with her own personal slant, and exemplary of the South American fantasy tradition.

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"The storyteller said..." So begins almost every one of the stories in this charming collection. And what stories they are! Fantastic fables of a mythic empire that has existed, risen, fallen and risen again for countless ages. Stories of emperors, the wise, the foolish, the mad, the bad and the good. And most of all, stories of human folly and madness, stories of how human beings go astray following their thoughts or emotions--anger, bitterness, resentment, lust, greed.
The stories can be taken on many levels--as simple tales, or as allegories about the human condition. And because they are always told in this detached way--by a nameless storyteller--they acquire a mythic resonance. It doesn't matter whether any of it "really" happened. The last story in the collection is just a little different, well, surprising. And I won't tell you how it ends.
Author Angelica Gorodischer is an Argentine writer, previously unavailable in English, and she is translated here by that engaging fabulist, Ursula K. Le Guin. They must be kindred spirits, for the stories in this collection have a familiar tone to Le Guin's readers. Other worlds, fantastic worlds, with a dark, haunting edge. The book is not perfect. Long, repetitive, almost Proustian sentences make for slow going. There were times when the narrative really dragged, the chatter of the "storytellers" became just a bit much to listen to. Still, this is a great book and worth reading. Don't try to rush it, though. Reviewed by Louis N. Gruber.
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WOW! the combination of Angelica Gorodischer--Argentina's treasure of a fabulist--and Ursula K. LeGuin--one of America's premier sf writers--is too much to imagine, even by the two of them!! Yet it happened and with style. LeGuin has given an English voice to a great writer. Now to discuss the story itself. Kalpa Imperial is an empire that may or may not have existed. The storytellers keep it alive, either in reality or in the imagination. It hardly matters. The stories are engaging, full of wisdom, and larger than any empire that ever existed in any dimension. If you like LeGuin or Calvino or Ecco or Borges, you are in for a treat. Gorodischer will astound you. She is a welcome addition to that list. What's more, this is a book that will live in your own imagination long, long after you've put the pages on the shelf of your own empire wherever that may reside. Enjoy!
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I got all the way through this book because I figured that Ursula LeGuin saw something in it and I can see how she did, but it's mostly lacking the interest I find in her work. The habit of having a storyteller for every tale makes the characters distant so that you don't end up caring about them, and the scenery less vivid. This technique is supposed to give them the universal wisdom of fables but what the stories and characters tend to achieve is either common sense or a sort of vague mysticism that doesn't really accomplish the amount of depth it would need to have this style work. Well written and seemlessly translated, but overall a plodding read.
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